The ‘Billboard for Edinburgh’ project ran from 2008 - 2016, when the Gallery was situated in its Calton Road premises and transformed a defunct billboard on the end wall of the building. The Billboard installation would change every three months and from each a limited edition print would be published. The list of contributors includes Turner Prize nominees and winners and artists with world renowned reputations alongside emerging talents.
Hunter’s chosen text ‘The Quick and the Dead’ is a English phrase that originates from the King James version of the Christian Bible. The word ‘Quick’ being an older form of the word ‘Living’. This print is one of a series of works in which Hunter explores the idea of text as image.
Publisher: Ingleby Gallery
About Kenny Hunter
Working within—and subverting—the idiom of traditional figurative sculpture, Kenny Hunter critiques contemporary politics, culture, and belief systems in his deadpan, cartoonish works. “Overall my work can be summarized as an attempt to translate the longstanding historical and political ambitions of traditional figurative sculpture into a revised sculptural language appropriate to the current cultural situation,” he says. “The aim of my work is to question certainties and stereotypes.” The soft edges and monochromatic surfaces of Hunter’s sculptures belie their edgy, unsettling effect. He has transformed forest animals into harbingers of danger and mocked world leaders and pariahs in his shrunken busts. Among his public projects is I Goat (2010-11), composed of a white goat standing jauntily atop a stack of packing crates—a symbol that simultaneously celebrates and mocks the civic spirit traditionally conveyed by public monuments.
Scottish, b. 1962, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, based in Glasgow, United Kingdom